The Beginning

Tricia Colleen Bruce

in Faithful Revolution

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195385847
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199873371 | DOI:
The Beginning

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This chapter traces the emergence and development of VOTF from a small gathering of Catholics at St. John the Evangelist parish in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. It describes how the movement came to identify and mobilize around its three primary goals of supporting victims of abuse, supporting priests of integrity, and advocating for structural change in the Catholic Church. The chapter concludes with a description of the first VOTF convention, held in Boston, accompanied by a historic street demonstration of lay Catholics. Also coming into focus is early evidence of VOTF’s encounter with institutional authorities and the resources and boundaries posed by the movement’s positioning in the church.

Keywords: Voice of the Faithful; movement; abuse; Catholic Church; priests; mobilization

Chapter.  6027 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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